MEET CALLIE, STAR OF REFLECTION POND

In preparation for the upcoming release of Reflection Pond, I’ve compiled some juicy tidbits about the characters (with excerpts!). Today, I’m going to introduce you to Callie, the main female character.

Name: Callie, Calla Lily

Age: 17

Appearance: Long blond hair, blue eyes. In a perfect world, where Reflection Pond was made into a movie, Annasophia Robb (see picture!) would play Callie.

Personality: Reserved, quiet, shy, with a short fuse ignited by fear. She’s had a hard past that makes her hesitant to trust people or rely on them. She has a soft side that longs for magic and kindness. She believes that she can leave her past behind and make herself into a new person, if only given the chance.

Here is Rowan’s (the male main character) first impression of Callie:

It wasn’t because she was pretty—of course she was, beauty was a given in Eirensae. Sometimes he longed for the diversity of the human world, where no one was glamoured to perfection. He wanted scars to map out a history that actually meant something. Flawlessness turned his stomach.

The girl’s arched mouth fell into a gasp as she looked up at the glamoured ceiling. A blond cascade of hair skimmed over her shoulders as she leaned farther backwards, trying to take it all in.

Rowan didn’t believe a single word that came out of her mouth. He couldn’t lie, but he didn’t think she was like him. It didn’t matter if she looked like Sapphire. Lots of girls had blond hair and blue eyes. Lots of girls were beautiful. It didn’t mean she belonged here. No one fell through the pond by accident.

And an excerpt from Callie:

She must be crazy, going through with this party. Callie pressed her fingertips to the mirror, half expecting her hand to disappear through it as she saw in the movies. Maybe she was dreaming. Maybe she’d fallen asleep in Nate’s bed and created another reality so she wouldn’t have to face the real one.

When she was little, back before she’d realized that the world was an awful, cruel place, Callie had dreamed that her mother was a princess. She’d drawn pictures of castles sparkling with jewels and white knights on horses. She convinced herself that one day, a carriage would come for her and never look back. Then she’d been placed with the Johnson’s and Callie had lost all hope.

And maybe she was crazy, but was it so wrong of her to be curious? To ask, what if? She glanced again at her reflection. They’d pinned flowers in her hair and covered her eyelids with glitter. Maybe she wanted this.

Maybe this was the most excited she’d been.

Ever.

Callie’s interview. This takes place just before Reflection Pond, when Callie is a foster child.

  1. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

            Read. The best way to escape your life is to take on someone else’s. I can be anyone as long as I’m inside a book.

  1. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?

            I think I come off as quiet and maybe a bit standoffish. It’s not that I’m trying to be that way, it’s just hard for me to trust people. I don’t have many friends and very, very few people know what really happened to me. Fosters are like that. You can’t hold too tightly to anything, because tomorrow it will be taken away from you.

  1. What’s your idea of a good marriage? Do you think that’ll happen in your life?

            No. Just no.

  1. What are you most proud of about your life?

            My ability to blend in. Inside, everything is a mess, but on the outside you just see a girl who is making it through every day. Maybe I don’t smile enough, but no one is looking hard enough to notice.

  1. What are you most ashamed of in your life?

            Not being able to defend myself. If I were stronger, I could’ve had a different life.

  1. If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?

            Joan of Arc. Not only did she have visions of the future, but she used them to change history. She had to convince people she wasn’t a heretic, and though she eventually died for her visions, she brought about great change in a small amount of time. She was strong and brave, living in a man’s world, and that’s the kind of person I want to be.

  1. Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?

            I have no idea. I’ve never met my parents, though when they gave me up, I hope they didn’t expect me to have so many foster homes.

  1. What do you believe about God?

            I’ve never been very religious. Once, I lived in a home that required us to go to church. It seemed to me that God was just an excuse people used to do things. You can get away with nearly anything if you claim you did it in the name of God.

  1. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it?

            I want to get out of Pennsylvania, and I will, as soon as I turn eighteen. I’ve got enough money saved for a bus ticket. Florida, California, New York. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know I’m leaving. What would happen? I don’t know. That’s the best part.

  1. What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?

            I’m not answering that.

  1. Tell me about your best friend.

            I don’t really have a best friend. I guess it’s my boyfriend, Nate. He’s the only person who’s put up with me for this long.

  1. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Why?

            The worst thing I’ve done? Being born. Obviously I was a burden to my parents.

  1. What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

That’s cryptic. My name, I guess.

  1. Describe your ideal mate.

            Mate? You’re kidding, right? A book. A book is my ideal “mate.”

  1. What are you most afraid of?

            Being unable to defend myself. Being trapped.

  1. What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

            Freedom. Well, I’ll value it when I have it, anyway.

  1. What do you like best about yourself? Least?

            I’m determined, it’s probably my best quality. The least? My fear.

  1. How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

            I feel like I’m stuck, but only for a little while longer. Like I said, eighteenth birthday, bus ticket, sayonara Pennsylvania and being a foster.  

  1. Are you lying to yourself about something? What is it?

Lying? I’m not much of a liar, I prefer to omit things. If I ignore it, it doesn’t really exist.

Read more about Callie and Rowan’s lives when Reflection Pond releases April 1st. Do you have questions for Callie? Post them below and I’ll answer them!

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All the best,

Kacey

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INTERVIEW WITH LIAM JAMISON

The cover reveal of Antithesis is just 4 days away! I know I promised you the following interview on Monday, but I had an encounter with muscle relaxers that left me in a zombie state. Today, however, is another story! Following you will find an interview with Liam Jamison just before his fated meeting with Gavyn.

Also – I have a free short story featuring Liam that will be available on Tuesday, May 21st on the Inkspell website. CLICK HERE for the link and bookmark the page. There’s 14 other short stories by other fabulous authors as well. Did I mention that they’re FREE?

Here’s Liam:

What is your most prized possession? My boots. I travel a lot, and it’s hard to keep anything that’s really mine, but my boots go everywhere with me.

What do you do to relax? Relax? I haven’t done that in a long time. I guess I like to read, or I used to, when I still had books.

What qualities do you look for in a significant other? Honesty and courage. I want someone who will do the right things for right reasons, and not be afraid of that decision. Also, it helps if they’re hot.

What person living or dead do you admire? Nikola Tesla. He was one crazy dude, but unbelievably smart. Did you know he believed his eyes changed from brown to gray because he used his brain so much? Have you seen my blue eyes? Yep. Check ‘em out. He also had OCD, but at the time people just thought he was insane.

Imagine yourself as a five-year-old. What did you want more than anything? A chemistry set. I mean, I already worked in the lab with my dad, but I really wanted something I could take back to my room and blow shit up. Needless to say, I didn’t get one. Dad said I required a controlled environment. Whatever that means…

What is your greatest weakness? Curiosity. It killed the cat, after all.

In another life, what occupation would you have? Two words for you. Rock. Star. Have you seen my hair?

You have seventeen dollars and a full tank of gas. Where do you go? Easy. The planetarium.

What is your motto? There is always another option. You know, when the door is locked, try the window. Not that anyone locks their doors. It’s amazing how trustworthy people are.

You have one wish, what is it? I wish I could find my home. And I don’t mean where I came from, I mean where I belong. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have family, someone to eat dinner with, someone to wake up to. Unfortunately, this home is far away in the future. I have a few loose ends to tie up first.

Only 67 days until the release of Antithesis! It’s so close I can taste the hot pink frosting!

All the best,

Kacey

INTERVIEW WITH GAVYN PERSHING

In honor of the upcoming May 20th cover release of Antithesis (published by INKSPELL), I’m interviewing my main characters, Gavyn and Liam. This week we have Gavyn, heroine of Antithesis. We caught up with Gavyn just before she met Liam and was swept away by his charm and, uh, well-tailored pants.

Gavyn

What is your most treasured possession? My car. It’s ugly and has a Metallica sticker on the bumper (so NOT my sticker), but the car is mine and it’s not a stick shift. Thanks, Mom.

 

What is your most marked characteristic? Probably my soullessness. If you make it past that, then my one-armedness.

 

What is it that you most dislike? Being underestimated. I have one arm. That’s not a disability.

 

Where would you like to live? Somewhere warm and sunny where it never snows. I mean, who actually likes snow? It’s cold and wet and causes car accidents. Plus, me trying to shovel snow is a JOKE.

 

What is your favorite memory? Probably the day I met Lena. It was on the first day of kindergarten and we were on the playground. She pointed to my arm and said, “Where’d your arm go?” I shrugged and she shrugged. Then she said, “Watch me do this flip!” We’ve been inseparable ever since.

 

Which talent would you most like to have? Okay, so it’s not so much a talent as a necessity, but I’d really love to be able to put my hair into a ponytail. It’s kind of this obnoxious, frizzy disaster, and it’s impossible to tame one-handed.

 

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. People are people, we make mistakes, and not everyone is going to like everyone all the time. But my friends are amazing. No matter how many times I embarrass them in public, they keep coming back for more.

 

Who are your heroes in real life? My mom. She works her ass off (can I say ass on here?). When she’s not taking care of me, she’s a nurse. She works more than anyone I know and never complains about it. Ever.

 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. I mean, seriously, there is no other virtue that’s so ridiculous. Good things come to those who wait? I call bullshit. Good things come to those who act, not wait around like idiots. It’s like all those princesses waiting for the prince to come save them. Pure idiocy, people. They need to take karate or something, beat their way out of the palaces, and make a name for themselves.

 

How would you like to die? How would I like to die? Is this a trick question? Nobody wants to die. I guess if I got to choose, it’d have to be for something worthwhile, like saving the world.

 

What is your motto? Get rich or die trying. Haha, just kidding. Probably make the most out of every day and never give up.

 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Gah. Seriously.

 

On what occasions do you lie? I’m pretty much an open book, unless you ask about my stump. I might be a bit more cavalier about it than I actually am. I mean, I’m missing an arm, nobody’s going to see that as an advantage, no matter how many times I try to convince you it’s awesome.

 

Where are you on Saturday nights? With Lena and Drake, watching them play Call of Duty. Sometimes they try to make me play, but I can’t control the joystick, so I just stand around and they use me as a human shield, so I get shot a lot.

 

What do you find sexy? Intelligence. Bad boys. Guys who wear clothes that actually fit. It’s a unique, hard to come by combination.

 

Do you have a boyfriend? Ha! You’re kidding, right?

 

Describe yourself in three words. Ohh. This is a hard one. Let me think. Energetic. Compassionate. Hopeful.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years? College, definitely. I really want to be a child psychologist. There are so many kids out there that have been tormented by their parents and peers. I’d like to help them.

 

What is your favorite movie? Titanic. I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a tragic love story and Leonardo DiCaprio is HOT.

 

Look for the interview with Liam next Monday! Do you have more questions for Gavyn? Leave them below and she’ll try to answer them.

Want more info on Antithesis? CLICK HERE!

Antithesis will be available from Inkspell Publishing, July 21, 2013.

All the best,

Kacey